Posted by: Sweetdreams | 2011-11-07

CPAP machine

Dear Doctor I have currently been using a cpap machine for a year or so, and lately have had problems with my eyes both eyes have become very watery and red and itchy due to air building up in the machine during the night and blowing into or somehow under my eyelids especially the left eye.I sleep on my left side so that eye is worse. Previously I did not have a problem like that and for some reason it has now started and I am worried as I need to use the machine every night.
I have had new headgear put on it but they only had a medium size instead of a small size as they said they cannot get the small size anymore .I think that the problem lies there and though I do tighten the straps it then becomes unbearable and feels as if I am a mummy and then I cant sleep if they are too tight.I heard that there is a new kind of thing not yet in this country for sleep apnea its from America and it is called PROVENT Therapy. It does away with wearing a heavy mask. Do youknow anything about it ? Thanking you.

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It might work for the milder cases, but will certainly not work for the more severe ones. I don,t know if it is available in SA.

However, the doctor who treated you should be able to help you with your CPAP problems - unavailability of a small mask is nonsense - if this supplier cannot do it, there are lots of other masks which will fit your machine.

Contact the doctor who is treating you. (If it was not a doctor but a technologist, you need to know that ONLY a doctor may legally prescribe this kind of treatment - treatment by a technologist alone is not allowed.)

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Posted by: Sweetdreams | 2011-11-14

Thank you for your advice .I would like to contact and discuss my options with another supplier or suppliers as i need to get a size smaller for my headgear .
I am under a Doctor, but do not want to involved him with my getting the names of suppliers as I merely want to look at the options. I am not happy with the mask
I am using the straps are too big, too wide,762524 too uncomfortable, and the wrong size and its a nightmare wearing is also affecting my eyes. I have heard there are other types of masks available perhaps they will be more comfortable to wear .How do I find another supplier ? Are there any web addresses available? I can then investigate my options. Thank You.

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